Big City Improv Festival, Toronto, Oct 14-22 2016


The Big City Improv Festival offers dynamic advanced and beginner level workshops for festival participants. Workshops are taught by improv professionals, actors and special guests at the festival!

Your Power Improv Toolkit

w/ Joe Bill

Workshop participant's name

Saturday, November 17th, 10am - 1pm

Comedy Bar Main Stage Theatre, 945 Bloor St W $40 | After payment please register

Understand the difference & similarities in playing the Game, Narrative & Longform Characters. This workshop will provide you with powerful and specific tools to help you connect and respond to your partners while improvising.

Get valuable lessons from Joe Bill like:

  • Bringing emotional depth and richness to the ordinary
  • Using emotional and psychological listening to discover more possibilities in the moment
  • Finding a strategic point of you to sharpen your characters and scenes
  • Bringing a vital presence to serve yourself and your scene parts in scenes and shows

Joe will include personal feedback with tools you can use going forward. This workshop is perfect for improvisers of all skill levels and will provide you with LOTS of reps in the improv gym to practice using the tools shared with you.

The First 30 Seconds

w/ Joe Bill

Workshop participant's name

Sunday, November 18th, 12pm - 3pm

Comedy Bar Cabaret Stage, 945 Bloor St W $40 | After payment please Register

In Improvisation so often the ending is in the beginning.

Joe Bill will show you how to begin scenes that will help you, your scene partner and the show you’re doing. Through attacking the Golden Time of a scene, the first 15 to 30 seconds, Joe will give you new tools you can start to use immediately.

Through attacking the Golden Time of a scene, the first 15 to 30 seconds, Joe will give you new tools you can start to use immediately.

These tools will include:

  • A mindset for readiness
  • Playing energy varietyfor initiations
  • Strategic and emotional listening
  • Awareness of interpersonal vs. circumstantial dialogue
  • Tracking context through patterns established at the beginning of a scene

Make your scenes go the distance by starting with a strong beginning.

Joe Bill


Joe Bill is widely regarded as one of the best teachers of Scenic and Comedic Improvisation in America today. He is one of the founding members of Annoyance Theater Chicago, where for 12 years he performed and directed over 60 different shows. He is the Director of Corporate Training at iO Chicago and is a Guest Artist in Residence at The Second City Training Center where he teaches intensives in Duo Improvisation and Improvisation for Actors. Joe first learned Improvisation in 1977 and studied and worked with Del Close from 1985 through the mid-90’s.

Joe is half of the original improvised Monoscene (also called“Real Time”), BASSPROV with Mark Sutton (Annoyance Theater Co-Founding Member and Artistic Director for Training and Development at The Second City). The NY TIMES has said about BASSPROV: "BASSPROV refreshingly has the feel of a quiet character study...jokes emerge organically, using wordplay, character quirks and quicksilver wit."

Joe tours all over the world, teaching and headlining with extremely talented Duo partners like Jill Bernard (Huge Improv Theater) in their hit show SCRAM!, with International Improv Legend Patti Stiles (Artistic Director of Impro Melbourne) in their groundbreaking show Our Play, Susan Messing (Annoyance, iO, Second City) in Messing With a Friend, with Lee White (CRUMBS – Winnipeg, Berlin) in their heroic Duo show PARADIGM and with David Razowsky (Host A.D.D. Comedy Podcast) in Razowsky & Bill. He’s played with many other Duo partners, in the U.S. and abroad, in many Festival Ensemble shows and in every improvised format and style imaginable. He is living his dream!

Joe performs in The Del Tones, The Armando Diaz Theatrical Experience and Musical Armando at iO Chicago. He has played as a guest in The Scene and Chica GO-GO at The PIT in New York City, with Let’s Have A Ball and ASSSSCAT 3000 at UCB Theater in New York & L.A and with Kornfeld & Andrews at Magnet Theater in New York City.

He has performed, directed, taught and served as an Artistic Adviser for a number of Improvisation and Comedy Theaters & Festivals all over North America, Europe, Australia and South Africa and at every major Improv Festival in The United States.